This is part 2 of the Mini-Series called Colorblocking. You can read Part 1 here.
Today I’m concentrating to match color block inspiration to something more practical: a step-by-step tutorial for creating
Color Block Leggings!
But, let’s start with inspiration!
As you may know, I’m slightly obsessed from Pinterest… so I’ve created a board all for Colorblocking.
If you like Pinterest and color block you too, you definitely should ask me to add you as contributor because it’s opened to anyone who want to pin with me (the more, the merrier) just as all my Sewing Boards.
While pinning, I was attracted from Colorblocked Leggings, so I’ve collected a lot of them!
But the one that caught my eyes was this one from Victoria’s Secret:
Price $ 39.50… Maybe nt that costly, but I would never spend this amount of money for a pair of leggings…
I thought it was the perfect start point for leaving my imagination fly… And it went not far!
I only figured out the back and changed this dappled print into something more suitable to my nearly 5yo daughter: a seals print!
I decided to go upsize, because I was using an interlock knit, without spandex: I wanted to be sure she could wear them for some (more) time!
And here’s my result: what do you think?
Let’s talk about how to transform a Basic Leggings One-Piece pattern (hint: I have one nearly ready to release… it will be available for sale on Craftsy from this Saturday, March 8th) into this pair of high fashion color block leggings!
What you will certainly need:
– a Basic Leggings pattern (better a one-piece kind without lateral seams!)
– knit fabric (jersey or interlock, better if it has some spandex or Lycra inside!); you can also refashion some old T-shirt or jersey dress, for being more frugal!
– scissors, thread, ballpoint needle, paper, pen, ruler… your usual sewing stuff, nothing fancy 😉
– walking foot for sewing machine (I have one, finally!!! I can do my Happy Dance!!!)
Let’s start with designing our pattern.
As I said on Part 1, better start with a scale drawing of your pattern
hint: I trace the pattern layout on a piece of cardboard for this, it’s easy, fast and accurate!
Now transfer on your Basic Leggings pattern your design
If you want to reuse your pattern, that comes in a wide range of sizes and you really should reuse it so many time, just trace it on swedish paper … but you can easily re-print it at home, all the times you want, it’s a PDF pattern!
I’ve simply eyeballed it, using as reference knee level (where inside leg’s edge changes direction, it’s a very dull corner but you can see it!).
Add notches at curves in both parts of the pattern: it will help you later putting together all those pattern pieces in the right way.
If you used the original pattern, now it’s time to turn it to the white side; add grainlines in each piece, parallel to the main piece grainline.
Cut along the lines you’ve just drawn, separating your newly created patter pieces.
Copy notches on this side and add some short instructions to help you later, like “add s.a.” along lines you’ve just drawn and cut, on each piece you’ve cut, and “cut 2x” or “center back” or “center front” .
Lay your pattern pieces on the fabric, paying attention to grainlines, and pin down (or keep in place with canned wood or other weights)
Mark 1 cm (3/8″) seam allowances where needed, using chalk and a sewing gauge (or your measure tape):
Transfer notches onto fabric either with triangles or tiny cuts (the first is better, but the second can go to, but they have to be really short, or the knit will break!).
Now, the fun part, let’s put together this color block puzzle!
Put your leggings pieces right sides together, pin on waistline, ankle and notches, then put two more pins halfway.
Sew using 1 cm (3/8″) seam allowances, use a triple straight stitch and a walking foot, if available, then eventually, serge. Press well seam allowances, toward the black fabric:
Topstitch to keep seam allowances in place (they could be itchy…):
I’d like to show you a tiny but nice detail I’ve added to this pair of leggings: stretch black lace cuffs, just as Amy (SewsNBows) made on here Testers version: I loved them and my daughter loved them too!That’s all for this tutorial. Here’s what I
I’d like to leave you two more resources, if you feel like you have some free time and/or you’d like to learn some more trick about sewing knits or a great (and perfectly explained) technique for sewing colorblocking in curves or corners (mark down the part about reinforcing seams before sewing… )
I hope you’ll give my Basic Leggings pattern a try (The Serger Pepper Tester’s Crew has already approved it, I only need to put some ribbons and whistles before the release, on Sunday): it’s a pattern that will become a staple on your PDF patterns library, I’m sure… and now you know how to recreate many more styles with color block… with only one pattern.